Now there is one outstandingly important fact regarding Spaceship Earth, and that is that no instruction book came with it.
Buckminster Fuller

In my 30 plus years of being a meteorologist I can't ever recall a year like this one as far as extreme weather events go.
Jeff Masters, meteorologist, December 2010

What we choose to eat is one of the biggest factors in our personal impact on the environment.
Su Taylor, spokeswoman for the Vegetarian Society, October 2009

I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!
Theodore Roosevelt

Climate change is arguably the most persistent threat to global stability in the coming century.
Dr Neil Adger, Tyndall Centre and University of East Anglia, 2001

I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

We can learn from history how past generations thought and acted, how they responded to the demands of their time and how they solved their problems. We can learn by analogy, not by example, for our circumstances will always be different than theirs were. The main thing history can teach us is that human actions have consequences and that certain choices, once made, cannot be undone. They foreclose the possibility of making other choices and thus they determine future events.
Gerda Lerner

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

We need to solve the climate crisis, it's not a political issue, it's a moral issue. We have everything we need to get started, with the possible exception of the will to act, that's a renewable resource, let's renew it.
Al Gore, Academy Award acceptance speech, 21 February 2007

We desperately need to recognize that we are the guests not the masters of nature and adopt a new paradigm for development, based on the costs and benefits to all people, and bound by the limits of nature herself rather than the limits of technology and consumerism.
Mikhail Gorbachev, Chairman of the Board, Green Cross International

Climate change is one of the most serious public health threats facing our nation.
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director American Public Health Association, Nov. 2007

Don't get me wrong: I love nuclear energy! It's just that I prefer fusion to fission. And it just so happens that there's an enormous fusion reactor safely banked a few million miles from us. It delivers more than we could ever use in just about 8 minutes. And it's wireless!
William McDonough, Fortune Brainstorm Conference, 2006

We don't have to save the world. The world is big enough to look after itself. What we have to be concerned about is whether or not the world we live in will be capable of sustaining us in it.
Douglas Adams - Speech at The University of California, May 2001.

People tend to focus on the here and now. The problem is that, once global warming is something that most people can feel in the course of their daily lives, it will be too late to prevent much larger, potentially catastrophic changes.
Elizabeth Kolbert

The facts are there that we have created, man has, a self-inflicted wound through global warming.
Arnold Schwarzenegger

The warnings about global warming have been extremely clear for a long time. We are facing a global climate crisis. It is deepening. We are entering a period of consequences.
Al Gore

All across the world, in every kind of environment and region known to man, increasingly dangerous weather patterns and devastating storms are abruptly putting an end to the long-running debate over whether or not climate change is real. Not only is it real, it's here, and its effects are giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster.
Barack Obama

The issue of climate change is one that we ignore at our own peril. There may still be disputes about exactly how much we're contributing to the warming of the earth's atmosphere and how much is naturally occurring, but what we can be scientifically certain of is that our continued use of fossil fuels is pushing us to a point of no return. And unless we free ourselves from a dependence on these fossil fuels and chart a new course on energy in this country, we are condemning future generations to global catastrophe.
Barack Obama

The good news is, we have everything we need now to respond to the challenge of global warming. We have all the technologies we need, more are being developed.... But we should not wait, we cannot wait, we must not wait.
Al Gore

We simply must balance our demand for energy with our rapidly shrinking resources. By acting now we can control our future instead of letting the future control us.
Jimmy Carter *1924

The cheapest energy is the energy you don't use in the first place.
Sheryl Crow *1962

Believe you can and you're halfway there.
Theodore Roosevelt

I urge individuals around the world to stand up, and ask local leaders, if they haven't already, to pledge to purchase cleaner cars, build green facilities, and buy green power like wind or solar energy. Our actions may determine if we become a casualty in the war for a habitable planet for generations to come.
Leonardo DiCaprio *1974

We need a new industrial revolution.
Tim Flannery, March 2008, Copenhagen Climate Council

Climate change threatens all our goals for development and social progress. On the other hand, it also presents us with a gilt-edged opportunity.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Davos, January 2009

We need the world to put a price on carbon.
Tony Hayward, Group Chief Executive, BP, United Kingdom at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, January 2009

If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 385 ppm to at most 350 ppm.
Dr. James Hansen, NASA climate scientist, April 2008

Climate security is a global public good.
John Ashton, 2006.

We are running out of road on decision making - unless we dramatically change the use of fossil fuels then we will be committing future generations to the most severe impacts of climate change.
Barbara Young, Environment Agency Chief Executive, UK, 2006

A stable world carbon price is essential.
Dr Terry Barker, Cambridge University, 2008

Some of these challenges may be foreseable, many of them may not. Some of the risks associated with a rapidly changing climate may be quantifiable, many of them may not.
Doing nothing is not an option.
Professor Mike Hulme, Founding Director of the Tyndall Centre, 2003

It's a moral question.
Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, 2006

We need to identify crucial policies that need to be implemented now, such as setting new standards for energy use by appliances.
Dr Brenda Boardman, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, 2002

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